Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

February 22, 2013 

7 tonight: Masquerade on Main at Tapp’s Arts Center. The masquerade is a celebration of Purim, a Jewish holiday that marks the deliverance of Jewish people who were set to be massacred by a Persian noble. The plan was tripped up by his wife. Read about it in the Book of Esther. (Purim, this calendar year, actually begins at sunset Saturday.) DJ GLDFNGR will spin music. Black-tie or cocktail attire and a mask is required. Tapp’s is at 1644 Main St. $15; www.tappsartscenter.com

7:30 tonight: “Polygraph Lounge with Melissa Fathman” at the USC School of Music recital hall. Polygraph Lounge is the musical comedy duo of pianist Rob Schwimmer and guitarist Mark Stewart. Together, they pair oddball compositions and arrangements with a similar brand of humor. Both are accomplished sidemen, and Stewart has been Paul Simon’s music director since 1998. They will be joined by soprano Melissa Fathman. (There is a family-centric show at 2 p.m. Saturday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. $9-$10; www.harbisontheatre.org) The school of music is at 813 Assembly St. Free; (803) 777-4280

7:30 tonight: Clash of the Titans step show at Township Auditorium. According to the show’s promoter, 15 local high schools will perform. The show will be hosted by Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson, the brothers behind viral videos such as “Why You Asking All Them Questions?” and “ Ratchet Girl Anthem.” The Township is at 1703 Taylor St. $20; www.thetownship.org

8 tonight: The Casual Kings at New Brookland Tavern. Didn’t The Casual Kings call it quits in 2011? Apparently, the funky rock quartet couldn’t step away. It’s also apparent that the band’s fans. prefer it this way. With Death of Paris, Long Miles, Buried Voices and Osara. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $5 for over 21, $8 for under; www.newbrooklandtavern.com

10 tonight: J. Chris and Nique at 5 Points Pub. J. Chris and Nique, a rapper-singer duo affiliated with B-FAM, a movement fronted by the rapper Ben G, will release the mixtape “Band Geekz.” With DJ Pipes, J-Nas & Friends, Tec, Speaker Knockerz and Primo Starr. The pub is at 2020 Devine St. $5; www.the5pointspub.com

9 tonight: Mac Arnold at Mac’s on Main. Mac Arnold, the blues guitarist known for playing a homemade guitar made from a gas can, will perform at the kickoff event of the Midland Blues Society, a new organization interested in blues preservation and education. If you’re interested in joining, meetings will be held at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Mac’s. Dues are $10. Mac’s is at 1710 Main St. $10; www.midlandsbluessociety.org

9 tonight: Mountains at Conundrum Music Hall. Mountains, a Brooklyn based electro-acoustic duo, released “Centralia” last month, garnering an 8.1 from the tastemaking website Pitchfork. If pop music characterized by hypnotic sequences is a preference, this show is for you. With PAN, the local instrumental post-rock band that makes songs that provocatively warp, knot, expand and contract. Braindead, another instrumental band, opens. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $7; www.conundrum.us or (803) 250-1295

9 tonight: Patrick Davis at Tin Roof. Patrick Davis, the Camden native writing and recording music in Nashville, returns to Columbia just as USC’s baseball team begin its season. In the fall, he played at Tin Roof the night before the Gamecock football team played Georgia. Expect to hear “(Just a) Big Ole Cock,” his ode to the team. Maybe he’ll break out “Wingo and His Yard Cocks,” one of two songs he wrote to commemorate the baseball team’s march to two consecutive national championships. Tin Roof is at 1022 Senate St. $10-$15; www.patrickdavismusic.com

8 a.m. Saturday: About Face Face Off at the Columbia Museum of Art. Artists will draw and paint portraits of each other in a single-elimination tournament. There will be four, 90-minute judged rounds. The entered artists (18 and older) will be paired randomly. There is a $30 entry fee. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. Free to watch; (803) 343-2208

5 p.m. Saturday: Historic Columbia Foundation’s Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off at the State Fairgrounds. The 15th annual chili cook-off, from 5-8 p.m., is in the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds. There will be various recipes to taste and Whiskey Tango Revue will perform. Last year, there were more than 30 kinds of chili. The fairgrounds are at 1200 Rosewood Drive. $20 for foundation members, $25 for nonmembers. Tickets include chili, wine and beer; HCFChili2013.eventbrite.com

6 p.m. Saturday: “Brandisa Tour” at First Church of the Nazarene. Brandisa? That would be the effort of combining of names: Brandon Heath and Mandisa. Heath is a contemporary Christian singer known for chart-topping hits " I’m Not Who I Was" and " Give Me Your Eyes.” Mandisa, who finished ninth on the fifth season of “American Idol,” has carved out a solid career in Christian music. Her name is one of the most recognizable among former “Idol” contestants. The church is at 901 St. Andrews Road. $17 in advance, $20 at the door. A V.I.P. upgrade, which includes a Q & A session at 5 p.m., is $10 more; (803) 772-2461

7 p.m. Saturday: Gospel celebration at Lower Richland High School. Performers: Greeleyville’s Joshua Rogers, the winner of the fifth season of BET’s “Sunday Best” reality singing competition; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Roy and Revelation; Benedict College Gospel Choir; and Derrick Brown & WOR. The school is at 2615 Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins. $25 in advance, $35 at the door and $40 for V.I.P.; www.zionmillcreek.com or (803) 776-2250

7 p.m. Saturday: Chords for Kids at 5 Points Pub. Chords for Kids is a benefit concert for The Nurturing Center, a local therapeutic treatment center for child abuse and neglect. Performers include: The RISQ, The Reggie Sullivan Band, My Fat Richard and Phonic Cafe. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; www.facebook.com/chordsforkids or (803) 771-4160

7 p.m. Saturday: Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith at Unitarian Universalist Coffeehouse. Shannon Whitworth, a folk and bluegrass singer, has an alluring style. As for Smith, don’t let his splendid finger-style guitar playing get in the way of hearing the words and emotion in his songs. Whitworth and Smith performed at the UU in March 2012. The open mic, featuring Mike Kelly, begins at 7 p.m. and the main show starts at 8 p.m. The coffeehouse is at 2701 Heyward St. $5-$15; (803) 200-2824 or uucoffeehouse.org

9 p.m. Saturday: Caroline 1000 at Art Bar. Caroline Guitar Company, which manufactures effect pedals for music instruments, is celebrating the construction — and selling — of 1,000 pedals. Congratulations. With The Mazloom Empire, Zonaea, The Fishing Journal, Rival Brothers and Shallow Palace. Philippe Herndon, the founder and chief product designer of Caroline Guitar Company, plays guitar in The Rival Brothers. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St.; www.artbarsc.com

3 p.m. Sunday: Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys at Newberry Opera House. Ralph Stanley, an enduring figure of American bluegrass music, is, undoubtedly, one of the hardest working octogenarians in show business. The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $40; (803) 276-6264 or www.newberryoperahouse.com

7 p.m. Sunday: Bad Books at NBT. Bad Books is a collaboration between Kevin Devine and Andy Hull and his Manchester Orchestra band mates. With The Front Bottoms and Weatherbox. $12 in advance, $14 at the door

9 p.m. Saturday: The Mobros at The Fountain Room Sessions at Tapp’s Arts Center. The Fountain Room Sessions is a new series held in the arts center’s fountain room, a decent spot for music that can lend itself to intimate performances. Upcoming performers: The Reason Your Listening (March 2); The Lovely Few (March 23); Chris Compton & the Ruby Brunettes (March 30); Kid Anthem (April 6); and Osara (April 13). $5 and $8

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